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Wife, Cops & Paramedics Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on May 27, 2011
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Diane Crawford was sound asleep in her Widgeon Lane home in the Mount Misery neighborhood after flying back home that evening from a trip to Disney World, when she was awakened at about 1:40 a.m. by her husband William’s “terrible, erratic breathing,” she said Tuesday morning from Stony Brook University Medical Center, where her husband is now recovering.

“I screamed out, ‘Daddy’s dying!’” she recalled, explaining that the exclamation was intended to get the attention of her 27-year-old son, Daniel, who was upstairs.

Ms. Crawford, 58, wasted no time, however.

A registered nurse at Southampton Hospital and former Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps member, she immediately started administering CPR—at first on the bed, but then, because the surface was too soft, she and her son moved the 6-foot-tall, 220-pound, Mr. Crawford, 67, to the floor. Her son had called 911.

Meanwhile, Daniel Crawford’s friend, Justin Dent, 27, who had been watching TV with the younger Mr. Crawford, ran outside to ensure that police found the right house, Ms. Crawford said.

When Southampton Town Police Officers Bartholomew Carey and Edward Henderson arrived, within minutes of the call, they found Ms. Crawford performing “quality CPR,” according to a police statement. They then took over the CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator, AED, to help revive Mr. Crawford, a landscaper, who, according to his wife, had not had any previous heart problems.

“I want these two officers to get the recognition they deserve, to show that their training worked, because had they not come to my house with their defibrillator in the trunk of their car, my husband would be dead. It’s as simple as that,” Ms. Crawford said. “These two men, they’re my heroes.

“You’re dead within minutes of having a cardiac arrest,” continued Ms. Crawford, who actually teaches CPR to new parents at the hospital.

She also credited the Sag Harbor ambulance crew members who, along with the police, provided three “shocks” to her husband. They administered advanced life support and took him to Southampton Hospital. In the ambulance, he returned to consciousness to everyone’s delight, she said.

The couple were able to celebrate their wedding anniversary together on Sunday. Ms. Crawford said her husband joked that his incident got him out of having to get her a present, while she told him his present to her was surviving.

All Southampton Town Police officers are trained in CPR and defibrillator use, according to Police Chief William Wilson Jr.

“The two officers, as well as the Sag Harbor ambulance, just did a spectacular job, as did the family members that had initiated the CPR before their arrival,” he said. “I think it just goes to prove that early intervention and taking steps to initiate CPR saves lives. I’m very proud of the officers. I’m very happy for the family that the gentleman is still with us.”

As of Tuesday, Mr. Crawford was still at Stony Brook, where he had been transferred for further cardiac care.

“My husband’s plumbing is good, but his electricity is not,” his wife quipped. “We just want to continue on to a very happy ending.”

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Teen Saves Neighbour in Snow

Posted by cocreator on May 27, 2011
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About 11:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Conant High School senior Ricky Dingraudo and his parents, who live in Elk Grove Village, noticed their neighbor collapsed while snow blowing his driveway.

Ricky Dingraudo the Saviour

While his dad called 911, Dingraudo rushed to the aid of the man and started chest compressions, remembering what he learned in sophomore health class.

“I had never had to use it,” he said. “I was thinking about how many I should do before starting mouth-to-mouth when he started to breathe.”

At that point, paramedics arrived, but the ambulance was temporarily stuck in a snow bank, Dingraudo said. Neighbors helped Dingraudo move the man to a garage so he could keep warm while the paramedics made their way to the scene.

“It took three snow plows and an ambulance to get him to the hospital,” Dingraudo said.

His neighbor, who speaks little English, eventually needed surgery, but now is OK.

“He’s back at home,” Dingraudo said. “For a while I was stressed out because I didn’t know how it was going to turn out.”

After a hospital stay, the man brought over chocolate for Dingraudo and wine for his parents to show his thanks. Once the school learned of Dingraudo’s action, he was presented with the Larry Schroeder Award at a pep assembly.

“The chocolate would have been enough,” Dingraudo said.

The award, which is only given out once this year, is presented to students who make a difference in their community, said Associate Principal Jerry Trevino.

“During the assembly…the entire student body gave him a standing ovation,” he said. “The kids really showed their respect.”

Dingraudo said he plans to attend Elmhurst College next year, and major in criminal justice. He’s thinking of becoming a police officer.

“He certainly has the temperament,” Trevino said. “He’s calm and cool under pressure.”

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Daughter Saves Father during Marathon Race

Posted by cocreator on May 27, 2011
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The Colorado Marathon runner who abandoned her qualifying bid to help save the life of another participant who turned out to be her father has been given an automatic entry into the Boston Marathon.

Aimee Chlebnik the Saviour with her father Bob Chlebnik

Chris Troyanos, medical coordinator for the Boston Marathon, called Aimee Chlebnik a ”hero” and said he would grant an exemption to the usual qualifying standards so she can participate in the April 2012 race.

Troyanos learned about Chlebnik’s situation from a Coloradoan story that was emailed to him by a friend in Minnesota.

”I read that story, and this woman stopped her own race to help another runner, not knowing who it was at first, and helped save his life by administering CPR,” Troyanos said. ”You’re not going to get any more of a reason for a waiver than that.”

Other participants were huddled over Robert Chlebnik, 63, of Goodrich, Mich., and performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on him about two miles from the finish line of the May 1 race when Aimee Chlebnik, 27, a certified emergency medical technician who teaches CPR classes, stopped to offer her assistance.

Her father had been walking the 13.1-mile half-marathon, which started 45 minutes later at the halfway point of the 26.2-mile marathon course.

”As near as we could tell, he did not have a pulse when I got there,” Aimee Chlebnik said. ”The most terrifying part is being an EMT and knowing when somebody’s in that situation they usually don’t come back. More times they don’t come back than they do, and my brain knew that. I was trying not to think about that and just doing what needed to be done.”

Poudre Fire Authority paramedics arrived about five minutes later, Aimee Chlebnik said, and used an automatic defibrillator to get Robert Chlebnik’s heart pumping. He was rushed to Poudre Valley Hospital, where he underwent surgery a few days later to have three stents placed in arteries.”Even to think about it now is kind of terrifying,” Aimee Chlebnik said, ”because I went from this runner’s euphoria – I was having this great race, and I was almost done; I was exhausted. It was a total switch of adrenaline from running this race to being totally concerned about my father and trying to figure out what was going on.

”Even today, it still feels like something that happened to somebody else. I tried to put myself in the EMT mode and not think about the fact that it was my father.”

Aimee Chlebnik, an outreach coordinator for the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and volunteer EMT with the fire department in West Yellowstone, Mont., ran the Colorado Marathon twice before while earning her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University and figured it was a good race for her to try to meet the 3-hour, 40-minute Boston Marathon qualifying standard for her age group. She was on pace, she said, to finish in about 3:35 or 3:36, when she came upon her father near the 24th mile of the marathon along the Poudre River Trail, west of Shields Street.

”I was running probably the best race of my life before this happened,” she said.

Colorado Marathon race director Brian Cathcart said he was pleased Troyanos was granting Aimee Chlebnik a waiver. Colorado Marathon officials had not yet received a response to their request to race officials in Boston to grant the waiver.

Robert Chlebnik, a diabetic with a bad hip, was a frequent participant in road races and had no known heart issues prior to this incident, said his wife, Ann.

His recovery, Ann Chlebnik said, has been nothing short of remarkable. He walked a mile earlier this week, and Tuesday was driving home with her from Missouri, where they attended a family member’s graduation ceremony. If all goes as planned, Robert Chlebnik will be in Boston next year to see his daughter cross the finish line of the marathon. The family plans to return to Fort Collins next May to walk the Colorado Marathon’s half-marathon together.

‘’That would be just incredible,’’ Aimee Chlebnik said. ‘’It’d be so meaningful for me not only to be able to run Boston but to know that my father would be there to watch me finish and to know that he’s still around. He told me, ‘You should have kept going; you should have qualified,’ There are lots of races that I can run, but I only have one dad.’’

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Firefighter, Paramedic & Nurse Save Man during Racquetball Game

Posted by cocreator on May 27, 2011
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Matt Murray was playing racquetball when he collapsed at the LA Fitness in Wellington. He was having a heart attack.

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Captain Kim Grant-Hude from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue saw him on the ground and knew she had to act fast.

She asked for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and, thankfully, the gym had one on site.

Kim shocked Matt twice and performed CPR on him saving his life.

He ended up needing two stents in is his heart to open up major arteries.

Matt says his doctor told him that he would have only had a one percent chance of surviving this kind of heart attack if Kim and the AED had not been there to shock him and save him.

He says his story is just one more reason why AED’s should be in all public places.

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Bystanders Save Umpire at Kid’s Football Game

Posted by cocreator on May 27, 2011
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On May 8, a father volunteering as a field umpire for the Werribee Districts Football Club’s under-9s team when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a game at Werribee South. Mr Steven Kelly, 36, had stepped in to umpire the game between Werribee Districts and Old Westbourne at the last minute.

He collapsed during the first quarter of the game at Price Reserve in Werribee South. Children were ushered from the field.

His son was playing for Werribee Districts’ under-9s, in the Western Region Football League and his wife and daughter on the sidelines.

Natalie Kelly said CFA career firefighter Paul Turner and former North Melbourne and Footscray footballer Keenan Reynolds rushed to her husband’s side.

“I’ve spoken to Mr Turner and Keenan’s wife to thank them and tell them how grateful we are,” Ms Kelly said.

Ambulance Victoria intensive care paramedic Mark Maclean said the men did “a great job performing CPR, enabling paramedics to prepare to shock the man’s heart using a defibrillator”.

A critically ill Mr Kelly was taken to hospital, where he remained yesterday in a stable condition.

Mr Turner said saving him was a “team effort”.

He had just left the ground – his son played in an earlier game – when a parent called him back.

“I got there within minutes and Keenan, who had a son playing in that game, was with the fellow, who wasn’t breathing, and we started CPR,” Mr Turner said.

Mr Kelly should be discharged from hospital this week.

His family has thanked footy dads CFA career firefighter Paul Turner and former North Melbourne and Footscray footballer Keenan Reynolds for helping save his life.

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